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Country Name Suggestions

Posted by CaboAzul on 1 March 2018 in English (English)

So, I am new to OGF. I did a little bit of mapping in Commonia, and I am accepting suggestions for names for the country that I am planning. Remember- the country I am planning speaks Gaerman and has a climate like New York.

Comment from NickRod on 1 March 2018 at 01:52

i can't speak Gaerman, mainly since cannonically i am from West Commonia, but how about "Sudsgaerman Republik"? or "South Gaerman Republic"?

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Comment from austinhuang on 1 March 2018 at 03:50

Please provide country location just for me to think of a name that integrates more with the surroundings.

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Comment from CaboAzul on 1 March 2018 at 11:36

I don't... er... actually know where it is. I merely sent the climate and language information to admin. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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Comment from oneofbeatlefan on 1 March 2018 at 20:22

Probably the most similar climate and territories that is available are probably between UL406 or UL052. It's in the north of 45thº north parallel line so probably it's kinda like Southern Canada? Most of the neighboring countries are also using "European" language.

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Comment from zhenkang on 1 March 2018 at 23:04

Bennfurtia? Mannsognia? I wonder if you can make a East Germany version in OGF, since there is a already a 'Germany' here, which is Mergany.

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Comment from Jesus Antonio on 1 March 2018 at 23:18

I suggest a name who has an etymyology, an interesing one like Neinreisland (No-reich-land)

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Comment from CaboAzul on 1 March 2018 at 23:48

How about Wunderschönesland? It means "beautiful country"

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Comment from Jesus Antonio on 1 March 2018 at 23:52

Well (in my opionion) looks fine.

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Comment from eklas on 2 March 2018 at 05:39

Let me throw in my two cents on the name and etymology: most of the recommendations above are absolutely terrible. Do you speak German yourself? If not, you're going to have trouble coming up with town names and such (even though there is a German place name generator somewhere.)

Since there already is a schism between the two most important German-speaking countries, I really really really advise creating your own language - it can be just slightly altered German, with like different rules of spelling or some words imported from other languages.

If you don't feel like that, I'd highly recommend to not do it. Map in a language that you're confident in. And, think your territory selection through carefully - some of the regions here are already a mess of incoherent countries with different cultures, please don't contribute to that.

God bless~

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Comment from LemonKing on 2 March 2018 at 10:22

I agree with Jesus, an etymology would be recommendable.

Many real country names originally describe the nature of the area. I suggest you choose the name after you know the location and after you have developped a rough idea of the topography and history of the area.

Was your country originally covered with forest? Consider names like Waldortia, Waldland etc.

Is there an important body of water or mountain in the area that defines the geography? Consider names like Flussendia, Ostseelandia, Nordhangen etc.

Is there a proud people with noble history? Consider names like Adelburgia, Folkerland etc.

You could also create a history of abbreviation for the name, e.g. Adelburgia > Alburgia or Waldortia > Walria etc.

You may want to look at this list of real etymologies for inspiration: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_country-name_etymologies

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Comment from CaboAzul on 2 March 2018 at 12:01

I could do what eklas said: make a spelling variant. Does Schönia sound better? And thank you LemonKing, I will choose the name after I am notified about my country's location.

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Comment from zhenkang on 2 March 2018 at 13:11

Whatever I suggested is just vague examples. If there is a country Schönia the capital should be Schönburg or something hehe.

Other variants can be like Schommenia, Schuammichia etc.

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Comment from eklas on 2 March 2018 at 13:24

is there no one who speaks German natively and can step in and end this linguistic massacre? 😭 it would be Schönien, wenn schon

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Comment from stjur on 2 March 2018 at 13:30

Let me list the Gaerman country names in this thread that make me as a RW German speaker wanna throw myself in a volcano: Neinreisland, Wunderschönesland, Waldortia, Waldland, Flussendia, Ostseelandia, Schönia, Schommenia, Schaummichia, Schönien...

I have to agree with eklas, if you're not German yourself or don't have a strong passion for German, try to map in your native language or come up with a new language yourself, that'd be great.

Also I kinda have to agree with the last point of LemonKing, Adelburgia and Folkerland or other names like that sound somehow ok, but you could definitely be more creative than that.

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Comment from Toadwart on 2 March 2018 at 15:43

As a native German speaker, I must honestly say:

Grauenvoll.

Tell me just one German place name that ends in -ia. I tried to find one on the map, but maybe someone else has more time and finds one. That might work in many European languages but not in German. -ien or -en would be a better choice.

The only valid suggestion is Waldland, but that's so generic. Just like Woodland, Beachtown or Mountainvillage.

And Schönien must be twinned with Beautifulsbury.

So far, I am also not convinced by the German names on the map, many of them just feel weird.

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Comment from Ūdilugbulgidħū on 2 March 2018 at 17:18

Woodland isn't a terrible name in English. At least, not as grating as some of the ones that exist already: a country calling itself 'Pretanic Faction State'? or 'Peaceland'? or the one absolutely no-one will be able to pronounce: 'Buildtion'?

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Comment from CaboAzul on 3 March 2018 at 00:19

Hmm... Grauenvoll... That's not that bad...

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Comment from histor on 3 March 2018 at 00:25

Mountainvillage is a real existing german name: german = "Bergedorf" near Hamburg. Indeed the local Jazz-Band is named "Mountainville Jazz men"

And yes - the "Ham" from Hamburg only is the lower german for "wood". So the etymology is "Woodcastle". But Toadwart is right at all: "Grauenvoll".

German names for greater areas can en with --land ("land"), --berg ("hill, mountain"), -- burg ("castle"), -wald ("wood"), -sachsen ("saxon", a german tribe), -franken ("franks", a german tribe) or others with -en or -ingen as ending -- but never with --"ia" !

And as Präfix you can divide with Ober - (upper), Unter- or Nieder- (lower), Groß - (great), Klein- (little), Alt- (old) or Neu- (new).

And do not forget words in lower german, spoken in Northern Germany. Why not go in OSM to Germany and look a while to get the feeling for realistic german names?

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Comment from histor on 3 March 2018 at 00:41

@ CaboAzul: You like "Grauenvoll"? Indeed the word ha a strong sound - like horripilante.

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Comment from LemonKing on 3 March 2018 at 09:25

A thing to consider for all: place names need not be beautiful as long as they are relevant from local point of view.

Many place names sound weird to speakers of other languagers. E.g. Lima means "slime" in Finnish and Nauru means "laughter", and the Estonian Kullimaa means "Dickland".

There are also RW places like Intercourse, Dildo, Fucking and Middlesex. so tor the sake of realism we should have similar ones in OGF, too. ;)

I almost forget: the 3rd most common lake name in Finland is Paskalampi, literally "shitlake". The lakes are small and unsignificant and usuallty people in the nearby villages believe that they have the only Paskalampi in the world.

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Comment from eklas on 3 March 2018 at 09:50

I have to second LemonKing: names don't have to be beautiful in a conventional way. And yes, there will always be someone who considers them strange. When I was visiting Estonia last summer, I passed by the town of Kunda, which literally means pussy (in the derogatory way) in Czech.

On a side note, grauenvoll was not a suggestion, it means terrible in German.

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Comment from CaboAzul on 3 March 2018 at 11:11

Yes, I know grauenvoll means "terrible." It was a joke.

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Comment from Alessa on 6 March 2018 at 15:25

As someone who has made a language for my country, I can tell you that it is no easy feat. It requires a lot of work and a lot of patience. I also, however, have huge issues with some of the "Franquese" and "Mazanic" names on this site—they make me cringe. I strongly suggest mapping in a language you're comfortable with using on a high level. If not, make up one of your own; or, as has been suggested above, make up a variant that incorporates its own unique words, affixes, spelling conventions, etc. There are a few out there. Creativity goes a long way, but it requires the investment of time too.

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Comment from Alessa on 6 March 2018 at 15:26

@eklas: I actually had a town that I planned to name that but with a Q instead of a K. Good thing I hadn't!

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Comment from CaboAzul on 6 March 2018 at 20:47

How about I do a dialect of Ingerish with a few Gaerman and Franquese words?

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Comment from CaboAzul on 6 March 2018 at 20:48

Maybe also some spelling variants?

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